Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cellular Caller ID Available to MetroPCS, All Carriers

MetroPCS, a small cellular carrier available in eight states, including California, Florida and Texas, announced last week a caller ID service available to its customers. This service, named Screen-it, lets users know who is calling, even when the caller’s information is not stored in the contacts list. MetroPCS, which hired a third-party developer to create the service, is the first carrier to provide a caller ID service, which they claim will work on 80 percent of calls.

We agree it’s about time caller ID services came to the mobile phone industry, but MetroPCS’s service seems redundant to Privus Mobile’s launch in August. Privus Mobile works with all carriers, including the big providers, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Privus Mobile’s caller ID service provides customers with previously unknown names and numbers 95 percent of the time and enables users to store new contact information with just a push of a button.

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